After rescheduling two more concerts last night, Morrissey today surrendered to what is becoming increasingly inevitable, canceling the remaining nine dates on his U.S. tour — including those just-rebooked shows — as battles a respiratory infection he contracted in Miami, according to his official Facebook page.
This marks the third time since late 2012 the former Smiths frontman has pulled the plug on a U.S. tour, and follows his failed attempt last summer to tour South America last year, too. Those cancellations were all due to health ailments or his need to be with his sick mother.
UPDATE: In a bizarre turn of events, Morrissey, via an official statement posted to True To You, blamed his longtime opening act Kristeen Young for getting him sick.
Young, who left the tour last week, responded on Facebook, saying she had allergies, not a cold, and that, “I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies… particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre.”
Read both statements below and see the list of canceled dates.
Tuesday June 10th
Morrissey announces the close down of the present U.S. tour with “unimaginable sorrow”.
On Saturday, June 7th, following the show at Boston Opera House, Morrissey collapsed and was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital where doctors treated Morrissey for “acute fever”.
Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young’s opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to “a horrendous cold”, the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta.
For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health.
Morrissey received medical attention in Miami, and once again in Boston, but it was not enough to shake off the virus, the recovery time for which is too lengthy to meet the final 9 shows of the tour.
Morrissey and the band are otherwise delighted and very grateful for their experiences on the U.S. tour, some shows of which they considered to be their best-ever, most notably:
1. BOSTON Opera House
2. LOS ANGELES Sports Arena
3. BEAUMONT Julie Rogers Theater
4. NASHVILLE Ryman Auditorium
5. MEMPHIS Orpheum Theater
Kristeen Young’s statement:
Ok. Regarding the recent True-to-you statement from Morrissey: I did not “confess to a horrendous cold”. On Monday, June 2nd, I had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours. I went to a doctor (on Monday, June 2nd), an allergy specialist, who gave me drugs for allergies…and they worked. I explained this (early on Tuesday, June 3rd) and offered this doctor’s phone number to Morrissey personally, via email, and the tour manager, Donnie Knutson (for proof….since they seemed to doubt me). But, they NEVER followed up with me or said doctor. Also….it is incorrect that I “decided to leave the tour completely”. I was asked to leave. Was called (in the presence of my band as witnesses) by Morrissey’s booking agent, Dave Tamaroff, and told that there would be a new support band in Boston. I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies….particularly about my health. This is really too much and bizarre.
Morrissey tour dates:
June 13: Civic Opera House, Chicago, IL
June 14: James Whiting Auditorium, Flint, MI
June 16: Artpark Main Stage Theater, Lewiston, NY
June 17: Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE
June 19: Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA
June 21: Barclays Center Arena, New York, NY (with Cliff Richard)
June 22: Revel Ovation Hall, Atlantic City, NJ *
June 24: Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD *
June 25: Lincoln Theatre, Washington, D.C. *
* Rescheduled date